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Do You Want Peace of Mind? If So, Isko Moreno Says Vote for Him

He claimed that a coup d’état is bound to happen if certain political clans win.
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Presidential aspirant and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and his team visited Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte earlier this week, making his pitch to voters in the May 9 elections very clear.

Kung gusto ninyo ng peace of mind, iboto ninyo ako," he said in an ambush interview in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. "Kasi pansin ko painit nang painit ang away ng pula at dilaw."

The Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer also welcomed his recent nine percent share in Mindanao, based on the recent Pulse Asia survey in March. His share of the Mindanao voting population jumped one percent since February. Moreno still happens to be the top second-choice presidential candidate for voters. He is followed by Senator Panfilo Lacson at 13 percent and Vice President Leni Robredo at 10 percent.

Aksyon Demokratiko senatorial candidates such as Samira Gutoc and Carl Balita, as well as guest candidate John Castriciones of PDP-Laban, joined Moreno and his vice presidential candidate Dr. Willie Ong for the Zamboanga tour.

On April 7, Moreno was in Zamboanga Sibugay for their town hall meetings, including one at Kabasalan Gymnasium. He then visited Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma for a courtesy call. Later that day, the presidential candidate met with supporters in Zamboanga City, even hosting a campaign rally at Southern City Colleges.

Throughout his campaign, Moreno has been adamant about "moving forward" from the same cycles of political dynasties of the past. He has reiterated that the country needs an alternative to what he sees as an ongoing feud between two groups that have governed the country for the past three decades.

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"Personalan na. Talagang medyo nagkakapersonalan na," he explained. "Kaya ako ang paniwala ko, hindi ito matitigil kapag isa sa kanila. Magbabawian pa din, maghihigantihan pa din. Para bang sila tumatakbo kasi gusto lang nila tumakbo para talunin ‘yung isa, ‘yung isang political clan laban sa kabilang political clan.”

In Zamboanga, he expressed: “It’s time to heal, time to move forward, walang nang awayan sa politika. Kasi talagang ‘pag nagpatuloy ang away n’yan, ‘pag nanalo ang isa, ikukudeta ng isa. ‘Pag nanalo ‘yung isa, ikukudeta ng isa. Aawayin ng isa, aawayin. Hindi na matitigil."

From April 8 to 9, the "alternative" candidate is set to go to Cebu. There, he is hosting a town hall at Guadalupe Gym and a meet-and-greet session at Tinago Gym.

On April 10, the "Isigaw mo, Isko!" event will be held at Ma. Orosa Corner Kalaw in Manila for his supporters. Some of the notable performers are This Band, Shamrock, South Border, and Jimmy Bondoc. 

Still, Moreno has claimed that he can work with anyone if he gets elected. "When I say anybody — dilaw, pula o anuman ang kulay mo — balewala ‘yun sa akin as long as iisa ang ating mithiin na maitaas ang antas ng pamumuhay ng tao, you will be part of my administration dahil moreno naman ang kulay ng Pilipino."

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